October 20, 2016 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Amritsar: The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC)’s General House meeting is likely to be held on November 05. Where the SGPC members will elect office-bearers, executive committee and new SGPC chief. As per media reports a notification of the Central government of India in this regard is likely to be issued in a day or two.
The Punjab Government has reportedly written to the India’s Home Ministry to fix the date for convening the SGPC House on November 5.
After a formal notification, as per provisions of the Gurdwaras Act 1925, the Union government will depute a representative — most likely to be the deputy commissioner of Amritsar — to start the process. The general house SGPC will choose the 15-member executive body to further elect a president, general secretary and other office-bearers.
Functioning of the SGPC was in limbo since 2011 because of a stay by the Supreme Court over a procedural discrepancy. It started when voting rights of Sehajdhari Sikhs to elect SGPC members were taken away in 2003, by way of a notification by the Union home ministry. Sehajdharis moved the Punjab and Haryana high court that stayed the SGPC functioning in 2011 just after the election of members was held. Then, the SGPC moved the SC, which asked the executive body working before 2011 to continue to manage day-to-day functioning as an interim arrangement.
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